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Updated: February 8, 2024

How to Use Library Spaces

Details about how to use library spaces, including entrance protocols, classrooms, and study spaces are below. The procedures may be different from previous semesters.

Building Access

NYU Students, Faculty, and Staff

  • Buildings are open to all current NYU students, faculty, and staff.
  • Non-degree/non-credit (non-matriculated) students do not have access to any library resources, including physical access to the building.

Members of NYU Libraries-Affiliated Programs

Members of NYU Libraries-Affiliated Programs should follow the institution-specific policies on our website to gain access.

NYU Consortium Institutions

Students and faculty from Cooper Union, New School, and New York School of Interior Design do not need to apply for access in advance. They may access Bobst Library with a valid school ID.

Other Institutions

NYU Libraries offers access to students and faculty from select other institutions, including:

  • American Language Institute
  • Columbia University
  • Hebrew Union
  • Long Island University Palmer Program
  • OCLC Shares Members

Read more about institution-specific policies to gain access.


All library visitors must be sponsored by an NYU employee or faculty member before their visit, as per the University’s visitor policy. NYU students may not sponsor visitors to the NYU Libraries.

Please request access at least two business days before your preferred visit dates. We cannot accommodate walk-in visitors.

Bobst Library

All visitors must be greeted at the entrance by their sponsor.

Other NYU Libraries

  • Brause Library: Access to licensed NYC brokers is currently suspended due to University visitor policies. There is no alumni, Friends of Bobst, or Consortial access.

  • Dibner Library: There is no alumni or Friends of Bobst access.

  • Institute of Fine Arts Library (IFA): There is currently no access for non-NYU visitors, including no alumni, Consortial, or Friends of Bobst access. For questions, email

  • Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW): Visit the ISAW website for information about access. There is no alumni, Consortial, or Friends of Bobst access.

Classrooms in Bobst

In addition to the regular Bobst classrooms the following Library spaces are used for University-scheduled classes:

  • LL1 Computing Labs: PC1, PC2, the Mac Lab
  • Most of the 2nd Floor Special Collections classrooms

Study Spaces

Read the descriptions of specific spaces available at NYU Libraries.

  • General study spaces, including stacks seating, are available during open hours.

  • Reservable Group Rooms, graduate collaboratives, AFC media collaboratives and other group spaces and amenities are available in Bobst, Dibner, and Brause libraries.
    • Group Rooms are bookable for NYU students through the Libraries’ Room Reservation system.
    • Whiteboard markers are available for check out from the circulation desk at Bobst, or the service desks at Dibner and Brause.
  • Individual Study Rooms are available at Bobst and Dibner Libraries.

  • Dissertation Writers Rooms (DWRs) in Bobst should be automatically accessible for all eligible Doctoral students.

  • Interview Spaces: Wasserman has a limited number of spaces for interview purposes that can be booked via the Recruitment Team, or call +1 212-998-4737.

Printing and Scanning

  • Printing, scanning, and public computer use is available at Bobst Library. Printing is not available to visitors and alumni.
  • Limited printing and scanning is available at Dibner Library.
  • Visit the NYU Print Service: Print Station locations to find additional places to print on campus.
  • Limited equipment loan is available at Bobst and Dibner. Equipment loans are not available to visitors and alumni.
  • Data Services Lab has computers and reservable stations.
  • Digital Studio has workstations for scanning.

Elevators and Stairs

Elevators and stairs are available at all library locations.

Restrooms and Facilities


  • Restrooms are available for users within the libraries.
  • Bobst Library has a gender neutral bathroom on Lower Level 2.
  • Library spaces are cleaned in-line with University and state requirements.

Eating & Drinking